Driving without a license in the state of Tennessee is against the law. Recent studies suggest that a non-licensed driver is twice as likely to be involved in a fatal traffic collision as that of a motorist with a TN drivers license. The AAA Foundation estimates that there are about 7,000 drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle collisions annually that have had their license either revoked or suspended at least one time in the prior three years. Even worse, 1,700 of those non-licensed drivers had their license revoked or suspended three or more times. The importance of a TN drivers license is essential to ensure the safety of roads and highways throughout Tennessee.
Receiving a TN drivers license indicates that the driver is able to operate their vehicle safely on the roads and highways, while also ensuring that all traffic rules and regulations are followed. Therefore it is assumed that the typical non-licensed driver is unable to operate their vehicle safely throughout the Tennessee roads and highways. Being unaware of the meaning of traffic signs, rules, regulations, and safety standards established in the state puts every single motorist at risk.
Greg Coleman Law believes that non-licensed drivers should be held accountable for the damages that they cause in traffic accidents. Unfortunately, motorists without a TN drivers license are commonly also uninsured. When a crash does occur, legal representation is essential to being able to recover the losses in which were suffered during the collision. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, our Knoxville personal injury attorneys are here for you.
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TN Drivers License
In order to legally operate a vehicle in the state of Tennessee, all motorists must obtain a TN drivers license. The majority of drivers will need to obtain a Class D License, which is a regular drivers license that allows the driver to operate a vehicle with a gross weight rating of 26,000 pounds of less. These types of vehicles usually include standard cars, vans, and pick-up trucks. In addition, people who have recently moved to Tennessee from another state and are planning on either living in the state for more than 30 days, are working in the state, or would qualify as a registered voter, must apply for a TN drivers license.
Young drivers in Tennessee have an easier path to receiving a valid license. Those who are under the age of 18 and living in Tennessee are required to partake in the Tennessee Graduated License Program. The program was established in an effort to boost driving education and safety, as well as create a path to help teens and minors obtain a valid license. Under adult supervision, these teens are able to practice driving and gain experience prior to navigating the Tennessee highways and roads alone.
As these young motorists learn more and more about safe driving habits, they will be advanced to the next level of the program. Each level progressively limits supervision and gives the driver a larger opportunity to drive responsibly unaccompanied. The drivers will progress from the Tennessee Learner Permit to the Tennessee Intermediate Restricted License Level 1, then from the Tennessee Intermediate Unrestricted License 2 until they finally achieve a State of Tennessee Regular Driver License.
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Proposed Bill to Prevent Non-Licensed Drivers
In response to the rising number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers, the state of Tennessee is in the process of getting two bills passed that will help to provide more strict punishment to those who operate a vehicle without a valid TN drivers license. House Bill 2466 would give police officers permission to arrest a person who cannot show proof of insurance or drivers license in a crash where at least one injury was suffered. In addition to this bill, the second bill proposed, House Bill 2678 would set the bail amounts higher for those arrested under the House Bill 2466.
If you or a loved one has encountered an unlicensed driver, Greg Coleman Law is prepared to take on your case today. Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for all Tennessee residents.
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Legal help is never far with our main office headquarter in Knoxville TN. Greg Coleman Law is able to provide legal services to Tennessee residents throughout the entire state. At our personal injury firm, we take great pride in our role in the Tennessee community. With more than 100 jury trials and countless bench trials under our belts, the legal team at Greg Coleman Law understands what it takes to win. Utilizing our wide range of expert resources, dedication to research, and unmatched passion for the law, we are able to build a case that breed success. In our practice, we firmly believe that accident victims deserve the greatest compensation possible.
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